Last night, I sat down with Icarus and a bad movie and settled in for a good, long knit. For those who are keeping track, the bridal shower is scheduled for October 27. This is just over five weeks from now. I've been working on Icarus for roughly three months now (or is is four?). I have used up half my yarn. This suggests that I am a little behind.
How behind? Well, last night, as I was yarn-overing all over the place, I absently tried to figure it out. I knitted for three hours. I finished--are you ready for this?--seven rows. Super slow mo: seeeeevvvvveeeennnn rrrrooooowwwws. Seven. In three hours.
I just started Chart 2. Yes, you read that right. This is terribly, terribly misleading. The pattern starts with Chart 1 (surprising, huh?), and Chart 1 is only 42 rows. You might think this means you work 42 rows and you are done. Get ready to be sorely disappointed. If you actually read the directions, you will see that you then repeat Chart 1 five more times. And then you repeat most of it a sixth time, just for good measure. It has taken me more than three months to finish *&!^%$# Chart 1. But I won't belabor the point.
So last night, I started Chart 2, and I was happy. There are only 14 rows in Chart 2, and as far as I can tell, I only have to work them once. This is a huge improvement. But then there's Chart 3, still manageable at 16 rows with no repeats. And Chart 4, which is 24 rows, but still no repeats. And then there are just 4 rows of edging and it's done!
But wait. Let's just add this up, shall we? I'm on row 6 of Chart 2. This means I have 8 more rows of Chart 2, plus 16 rows of Chart 3, plus 24 rows of Chart 4, plus 4 rows of edging. Here's where the math comes in. If my addition is correct (and this is by no means certain), I have 52 rows left before I'm done. Last night, I worked 7 rows (of 375 stitches each) in 3 hours. This means it took me about (calculators, please) 25.71 minutes per row. If we multiply this by the 52 more rows I have to do, it will take me 1337.14 minutes, or about 22.3 hours.
Is the problem becoming clear? I have to knit--on Icarus alone--for more than 22 hours in the next five weeks. And that's not all. These calculations are based on a stitch count of 375 stitches per row. But alas, in its evil, evil way, Icarus gets longer with each row. By the time I drag my exhausted, sobbing self across the finish line and prepare to bind off (a prospect that strikes fear into my heart all by itself), there will be 523 stitches in each row. I'm not even sure how to calculate how this will affect my time, but I'm pretty damned sure it's not going to make it any less.
I hate math.